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Wizkid, Mr. Eazi, Arese Ugwu, Somkele Idhalama, Odion Ighodalo, DJ Cuppy & More Nominated for the ‘The Future Awards Africa’ 2016



tfaa-2016-meet-the-nominees_press-releaseIf you’re reading this, you were probably told in your early years, that you are the future leader of tomorrow.

Well, tomorrow is today! A couple of hours ago, The Future Awards Africa, Africa’s biggest youth event revealed its nominees, aged 18 – 32, for its awards that reward hard work, talent and achievement.

These are the key players, shaping the future, of today, in technology, arts & culture, business, fashion and every other sphere of our lives.

“It goes without saying that we have had one of the most difficult years in our history. The days are bleak. But the stories of these nominees, and their work helps me remember that through the concrete roses will grow. We can still bloom. It is not over!,” said Bukunyi Olateru-Olagbegi, Chairman, Central Working Committee, The Future Awards Africa.

The last word perhaps.

Here are the nominees… Remember these names!

CATEGORY 1: The Future Awards and EbonyLife Prize for Acting

Adesuwa Etomi, 30

Somkele Iyamah Idhalama, 28

Rahama Sadau, 24

Seun Ajayi, 31

Daniel K. Daniel, 30

CATEGORY 2: The Future Awards Africa Prize for Fashion

Adebayo Oke-Lawal, 26

Wanger Ayu, 30

Ogugua Okonkwo, 29

Jane Micheal Ekanem, 30

Sandra Itu, 28

CATEGORY 3: The Future Awards Africa Prize for Beauty

Joycee Awojoodu, 28

Kehinde Smith, 25

Iroghama B. Obuoforibo, 31

Olajide David ‘ST.OLA’ Okerayi, 25

Theodora ‘Doranne’ Anne Mogo, 27

CATEGORY 4: The Future Awards Africa Prize for Music

Yemi Alade, 27

Oluwatosin ‘Mr Eazi’ Ajibade, 25

Folarin ‘Falz’ Falana, 26

Oluwatobiloba “Kiss Danielz” Daniel Anidugbe, 23

Augustine ‘Tekno’ Miles Kelechi, 22 

CATEGORY 5: The Future Awards Africa Prize in Professional Service

Ify Afe, 29

Kenneth Okwor, 24

Solomon Ojeagbase, 30

Dr Salihu Dasuki Nakande, 29

Chidiogo Akunyili, 31

CATEGORY 6: The Future Awards Africa Prize in Business

Seun Sangoleye, 30

Yasmin Bello-Osagie/Afua Osei, 27/29

Seyi Abolaji, 32

Ifeanyi Orajaka, 28

Affiong William, 30

CATEGORY 7: The Future Awards Africa Prize in Sports

Seye Ogunlewe, 25

Odion Ighalo, 27

Omolayo Bose, 27

Kehinde Paul, 28

Kelechi Promise Iheanacho, 20

CATEGORY 8: The Future Awards Africa Prize for Education

Olumide Ogunlana and Chukwuwezam Obanor, 26/27

Ezeakor Chineye, 28

Arese Ugwu, 31

Godwin Benson, 27

Izunna Okafor, 22

CATEGORY 9: The Future Awards Africa Prize for Technology

Shola Akinlade, 31

Olaniran Abiola, 27

Oluyomi Ojo, 25

Andrew Airelobhegbei, 23

Dele Bakare, 27‎

CATEGORY 10: The Futures Awards and EbonyLife Prize for New Media

Tosin Ajibade, 29

Femi Bakare and Adeyeri Michael, 26/27

Ebenezer Wikina, 23

Bizzle Osikoya, 30

Bashir Ahmed, 25

CATEGORY 11: The Future Awards Africa Prize for Media Enterprise

Bankole Oluwafemi, 29

Adaora Mbelu, 30

Bidemi Zakariyau, 27

Fatima Togbe, 29

Samuel Ajiboye, 25

CATEGORY 12: The Future Awards Africa Prize in Public Service

Asuquo Ekpenyong, 31

Aliyu Giwa, 31

Esther Agbarakwe, 31

Obieze Nwanna Nzewunwa, 31

Ruqayya Nasir Sani, 28

CATEGORY 13: The Future Awards Africa Prize for Arts & Culture

Emmanuel Oyeleke, 29

Ndidi Emiefele, 29

Aderenle Sonariwo, 29

Osa Okunkpolor, 27

Eniola Idera Wunmi, 23

CATEGORY 14: The Future Awards Africa Prize for Creative Professional

Obi “DJ Obi” Ajuonuma, 26

Florence “DJ Cuppy” Ifeoluwa Otedola, 24

Evans Akanno, 27

Isioma Osaje, 25

George Okoro, 30

CATEGORY 15: The Future Awards Africa Prize for Advocacy

Wadi Ben-Hiki, 19

Bukola Bolarinwa, 28

Samson Itodo, 30

Toks Bakare, 31

Imrana Alhaji Buba, 23

CATEGORY 16: The Future Awards Africa Prize in Agriculture

Julius Adewopo, 31

Abamu Joseph, 25

Shola Ladoja, 31

Hamman Yerima Wabi, 24

Ronke Aderinoye, 30

CATEGORY 17: The Futures Awards and EbonyLife Prize for Screen Producer

Chukwuka Egorh/James Omokwe, 28/32

Mary Remmy Njoku, 31

Asurf Oluseyi, 32

Adeola Oshikojo, 30

Usman Ahmad Kabara, 31

CATEGORY 18: The Futures Awards and EbonyLife Prize for Journalism

Fisayo Soyombo, 27

Eromo Egbejule, 26

Ogechi Ekeanyanwu, 31

Yemisi Adegoke, 28

Chika Sandra Oduah, 30

CATEGORY 19: The Future Awards and EbonyLife Prize for On Air Personality (Visual)

Bolanle Olukanni, 27

Stephanie Coker, 27

Ehis Okoguale, 29

Chukwuebuka ‘Chuey chu’ Okoye, 25

Victor Mathias, 29


CATEGORY 20: The Future Awards and EbonyLife Prize for On Air Personality (Audio)

Rolake Bello, 30

Ayo Thomson, 28

Mohammed Yusuf Suleiman, (Mowiz), 29

Oluwakemi ‘Kemi Smallz’ Itari Catherine, 28

Jennifer Nzewunwah, 30

CATEGORY 21: The Future Awards Africa Prize for Young Person of the Year

Mark Okoye, 30

Ayodeji Ibrahim ‘Wizkid’ Balogun, 27

John Boyega, 24

Iyeh Kennedy, 21

Dr. Oluwo Adedunmola, 24

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The 11th edition of The Future Awards Africa will hold on Sunday, December 18th 2016 in Lagos, Nigeria. Tell us how you are shaping the future and share your contribution as a key player in Nigeria’s future and Africa’s destiny. Tweet at us with your messages or videos using these hashtags #ShapingTheFuture #KeyPlayerTFAA2016 #TFAA2016

The Future Awards Africa 2016 is powered by RED. Official Media Partners are CNN, Ebony Life TV, Channels TV, BellaNaija, LindaIkeji, Africa Magic, Wazobia FM, Cool FM, Nigeria Info and YNaija.

For more information, visit Follow @TFAAfrica to keep up with the latest news on TFAA. The official hashtags for 2016 is #TFAA2016

Photo credit: Kelechi Amadi-Obi Studios


  1. MurderSheWrote

    December 5, 2016 at 10:53 am

    This is only for Nigeria right? I thought there was a time they expanded and included the rest of Africa?? They proly reverted. Like I said in the previous post, nothing novel or innovative about this. Not to smash the effort of the organizers but nah, this Future awards ain’t shii. Recycling. Recycling. More Recycling. Lagos everywhere. Rich kids everywhere. Investigate their backgrounds if u’re jobless and u’ll find out most (not all) were helped via handouts from their father in politics. After stealing money. Rubbish system. That’s by the way. The main story is that this award is trash and not inspiring in any way. Chude and Gbemi’s brother should go and write another business plan.

  2. Iya

    December 5, 2016 at 10:54 am

    Wow… the ages of side of the nominees are shocking. Falz is just 26?! ? Chai… there goes my ‘Marry Falz’ dream. I like my men older than I am ?

    • Dami

      December 8, 2016 at 8:24 pm

      Yeah, he’s just 26 and has accomplished so much. He seems mature though for a cougar. I’m surprised nobody has disputed their ages, something that comes second nature to Nigerians.

      Also, where are the innovators, writers, business entrepreneurs or young leaders in politics. I’m guessing this is specifically for entertainment.

  3. o

    December 5, 2016 at 3:56 pm

    Congratulations to all the nominees. No mean feat

  4. Tosin

    December 5, 2016 at 4:46 pm

    Yoots ti take over! Congratulations everyone.

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